Giovanni Battista Grancino I, Milan, 1700

Viola: 47616

Back: Two-piece with curl descending slightly from the center joint

Top: of medium, regular grain

Scroll: not original, of still narrower figure

Ribs: of narrower figure

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 41.4 cm

Upper bouts: 18.7 cm

Middle bouts: 13.2 cm

Lower bouts: 23.8 cm


until 1970 John & Arthur Beare
from 1970 Stephen Kolbinson
until 1997 Philip Perret
... ...
in 2006 Current owner

Known players

Dr. Choong-Oh Rhee

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: P. & H. Perret, Katonah, NY (1997)
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1997)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1970) "Around the middle of the last century this viola evidently came to a Parisian workshop, most probably either that of Georges Chanot or J.B. Vuillaume. Its appearance was altered to resemble that of a Stradivari viola inasmuch as the edges and purfling were changed, the soundholes slightly adapted, and a new scroll added. The viola bears a label of Carlo Bergonzi, which may have been added at the same time. The viola is nevertheless a first class Italian instrument . . ."

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  • Correspondence with owner, 5-23-2003


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